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Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera discusses reopening procedures during coronavirus pandemic

Updated: May 12, 2020

via WCVB5 Boston

A Massachusetts mayor who has experience with crisis management revealed what the state's reopening plan might look like amid the coronavirus pandemic during a live appearance on WCVB's "On the Record."

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera is a member of Gov. Charlie Baker's Reopening Advisory Board, which is tasked with developing a strategy for the phased opening of nonessential businesses in Massachusetts that have been shut down since March 23.

Rivera discussed what the board's plan might look like by the time Baker's nonessential business closure and stay-at-home advisory are set to expire on May 18.

"I think there's going to be a set of guidelines that are going to say, 'If you can do these seven things for your customers, if you can do these seven things for your workers and you can do this in a way that keeps everybody safe, you're going to be able to reopen,'" Rivera said.

"On the 18th -- we're only eight days away -- we're going to present the report to the governor to allow him to make some choices," he added.

Rivera helped guide his city through the devastating Merrimack Valley gas line explosions in 2018 and the long ensuing recovery.

He is one of 19 members of the state's Reopening Advisory Board, which includes elected officials and local business leaders. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Mike Kennealy, the state's housing and economic development secretary, are co-chairs of the board.


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